Oh! Walking through the forest as a child… the smells are still so fresh and pungent in my memories. Mushroom picking and berry picking were my favorite summer activities. I miss it so much…
As kids, we used to wait for school to end so the summer food extravaganza could begin! We used to go and play in the forest, full of abundance, new fruit, new smells, and animals. Running around and playing in the forest and eating were my all-time favorite things to do as a child. Both fed my soul as well as my belly!
Coming back from berry picking, the smell in my kitchen was fantastic. Making jellies, knedle, pierogi with berries (heaven on a plate), berry pies and more. There is simply no other fruit among all the forest treasures, which has so many health benefits and such enormous healing power.
Berries are fantastic for your health.
They contain Anthocyanin pigments, which protect us from many diseases. Vitamin C, A, D, and B vitamins. They contain a lot of minerals, like iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, sulfur, etc. They also contain pectins and lots of antioxidants!
In folk medicine in my country, berries were used primarily in the treatment of various gastrointestinal ailments: diarrhea, constipation, poisoning, as well as parasitic infections. In any form, berries protect the gastric mucosa. Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants, protecting the body against free radicals, which neutralize carcinogens. One cup of blueberries a day entirely covers the body’s need for antioxidants.
For my berry smoothie:
I used walnuts, which contain omega 3’s, and avocado and coconut for healthy fat. Acai powder, which is rich in antioxidants, lucuma powder and maca powder, which can help you balance your hormones and regulate blood sugar. I love lavender, so I added a little bit for flavor.
I decided to add fresh pomegranate seeds, because they are in season, plus they contain natural aromatase inhibitors. They inhibit the production of estrogen, which is helpful for women who are estrogen dominant and can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
This is the perfect smoothie to grab when you have a hectic morning and need good nutrition with a boost of energy.
Do you want to try another hormone balancing drink? Here is a wonderful recipe for Hormone Balancing Dandelion Latte!
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- 2 cups 2 cups coconut milk or any nut milk
- 1 cup blueberries
- 3/4 cup soaked walnuts
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tbsp lucuma powder
- 1 tsp acai powder
- 2 dates (optional)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Soak walnuts overnight. Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!